Summary of Criteria for Membership in the


Texas State Library System


Population Served: 200,001 and over

  • Per Capita Support: $2.80
  • Materials Collection: one item of library materials per capita or expend 25% on library materials
  • Hours of Access: not less than 64 hours per week
  • Staff: six professional full-time librarians and one additional full-time librarian for every 50,000 persons served

Population Served: 100,001 - 200,000

  • Per Capita Support: $2.40
  • Materials Collection: one item of library materials per capita or expend at least 25% of local expenditures on purchase of library materials
  • Hours of Access: not less than 54 hours per week
  • Staff: four professional full-time librarians and one additional full-time librarian for every 50,000 persons served

Population Served: 50,001 - 100,000

  • Per Capita Support: $2.20
  • Materials Collection: one item of library materials per capita or expend at least 25% of local expenditures on purchase of library materials
  • Hours of Access: not less than 48 hours per week
  • Staff: at least two professional full-time librarians

Population Served: 25,001 - 50,000

  • Per Capita Support: $1.80
  • Materials Collection: one item of library materials per capita or expend at least 25% of local expenditures on library materials
  • Hours of Access: not less than 40 hours per week
  • Staff: at least one professional full-time librarian

Population Served: 10,001 - 25,000

  • Per Capita Support: $1.50
  • Materials Collection: one item of library materials per capita or expend at least 25% of local expenditures on purchase of library materials; MUST HAVE MINIMUM of 7,500 materials
  • Hours of Access: not less than 30 hours per week
  • Staff: have a head librarian who is employed in library duties at least 30 hours per week

Population Served: 10,000 or less

  • Per Capita Support: $1.20 or $5,000 whichever is greater
  • Materials Collection: one item of library materials per capita or expend at least 25% of local expenditures on purchase of library materials; MUST HAVE MINIMUM of 7,500 materials
  • Hours of Access: not less than 20 hours per week
  • Staff: have a head librarian who is employed in library duties at least 20 hours per week
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